The Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Jalingo Taraba State came under attack at about 12:30 a.m on Sunday, after Fulani herdsmen stormed the seminary in search of Revered Father Cornelius Koba, who they claimed had been preventing them from grazing their cattle around the school’s premise.
The rector of the school, Reverend Father Emmanuel Atsue who narrated the incident, said the herdsmen shot at his house, broke window glasses and windscreen of one of the vehicles and shot and injured Father Koba.
The school’s rector who further disclosed that the school has been shut down for one week, to enable the students go home to their families and recover from the trauma, with the permission of Taraba State Catholic Bishop said;
“With permission from my Bishop, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa of Jalingo Diocese, I Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Atsue (the Rector) want to announce and inform Nigerians and the international community that our diocesan Sacred Heart Minor Seminary was attacked in the early hours of this morning 28/05/2018 at about 12:30am by sophisticated armed Fulani Herdsmen (at least we heard their conversation). They shot sporadically at the Rector’s residence, broke window glasses in the process, (litered live bullets were collected by police) windscreen of one of the vehicles belonging to one of the priests, they shot and injured one of the priests Rev. Fr. Cornelius kobah on the leg, beat up Fr. Stephen Bakari.
From their conversation we were able to understand that their grievances against us is that the security men in the Seminary have been challenging their decision to graze right inside the Seminary: around the classes, football field, laundry etc. They said even inside the church if they see grass their cows will graze. Normalcy has temporarily been restored thanks to the prompt response from the Nigerian Police, Army, Civil Defense and local vigilantee. All our students are complete, none is missing. Two of them who were showing them the way to the Father’s house suffered injuries from the sticks of the herdsmen. I had a meeting with the officials of the Parents Teachers Association PTA and the bishop has equally approved one week break for the seminarians to enable them manage trauma for a while and to show themselves to their parents that they were safe. For now this is the situation. Let us continue to pray for and work for peace in Nigeria.”